Yours truly on Tuesday:
The most illustrative thing about Omicron is how ‘experts’ continue to claim they know very little about it – apart from the fact that it’s harmless. Why? Because unlike officials (and adults) in times past, reassuring the public is these days seen as the ‘wrong message’…
Unbeknownst to me, biologist Francois Balloux wrote this in the Guardian on Sunday:
The Omicron wave represents a key turning point in the pandemic. But no plausible outcome looks particularly auspicious – it feels largely like a lose-lose deal. If if turns out to be roughly as severe as previous pandemic waves, it might normalise harsh mitigation measures and render the prospect of a return to post-pandemic normality fairly remote. If it turned out to be milder than feared, this could spell the end of lockdowns with Covid-19 on its way into endemicity. The cost would be a loss of trust in political and public health authorities, which may make it difficult to deal with future threats.